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Birmingham Games Countdown, Victoria 2026, RAP launched, plus three new Life Members all in focus at Annual General Meeting

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The first in-person Annual General Meeting in two years celebrated three new Life Members, the countdown to the Birmingham 2002 Games and the next ‘Home Games for Australia – Victoria 2026′.

 

After two virtual meetings, the 92nd Annual General Meeting of Commonwealth Games Australia allowed the Commonwealth Games Movement in Australia the opportunity to meet in-person for the first time since 2019.

With just 62 days to go to the Birmingham 2022 Games the meeting featured the unveiling of Commonwealth Games Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan launched by four-times Games athlete and RAP Working Group member Kyle Vander-Kuyp, a Birmingham 2022 Games update from Chef de Mission Petria Thomas OAM and confirmation of three new Life members – badminton player, coach and Section Manager Rhonda Cator, athlete, team official, Village Mayor and Chef de Mission Steve Moneghetti AM and ACGA/CGA Board Member and Foundation director Bill Walker.

Commonwealth Games Australia Reconciliation Action Plan

Commonwealth Games Australia continues its commitment to being an active participant in Australia’s reconciliation journey with the launch of its Reconciliation Action Plan.

CGA President Ben Houston tabled the 2021 Annual Report, covering the period 1 January to 31 December 20121 whilst also highlighting the securing of the sixth Home Games for Australia – Victoria 2026 – a home Games that will provide immeasurable benefits for Member sports and will inspire our athletes in what will be a unique and exciting Games.

Houston said Victoria 2026 will play a key role in the development of Australian sport at all levels.

“We will have three editions of the Commonwealth Games in the lead up to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brisbane,” ouston said.

“Three ‘Home-Games’ for our athletes and sports in six years, plus the additional benefit of World Cups and World Championship events that will be held in Victoria and across Australia.

“It will be a ‘Green and Gold’ festival for a decade.”

CGA ANNUAL REPORT 2021

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Together with the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), the collective long-term vision of how sport can power Australia’s future has been outlined in the Sport: Powering Australia’s Future (10+10) Submission and the opportunities for all Olympic and Commonwealth Games sports, able-bodied and Para-sport athletes and fans of these sport were a topic of discussion at the CGA Member’s Forum and Presidents Dinner the day prior to the AGM.

SPORT: POWERING AUSTRALIA’S FUTURE (10+10)

Australia’s Commonwealth Games and Olympic sports have joined forces to unveil a significant national long-term vision of how sport can help power Australia’s future.

Three new Life Members were conferred at the Annual General Meeting today, with badminton player, coach and Section Manager Rhonda Cator, athlete, team official, Village Mayor and Chef de Mission Steve Moneghetti AM and ACGA/CGA Board Member and Foundation director Bill Walker, becoming the 26th, 27th and 28th members of the prestigious club.

‘Mona’ heads trio of new CGA Life Members

Three new Life Members were conferred at the Commonwealth Games Australia Annual General Meeting today, becoming the 26th, 27th and 28th members of the prestigious club.

Chief Executive Officer Craig Phillips AM highlighted the focus on the seven key drivers for the 2022 Australian Commonwealth Games Team: leadership, culture and values, planning and execution, performance excellence, Games experience, team environment and performance investment.

Phillips also highlighted CGA’s significant commitment to providing financial support to its member National Sports Organisations (NSOs) and athletes aspiring to be selected to the Commonwealth Games Team. Rebranded as ‘Green2Gold2Great’ and ‘Breakthrough2022’, CGA’s programs will deliver $11 million to NSOs and $2 million directly to athletes respectively.

Phillips also welcomed the launch of the Reconciliation Action Plan and thanked the Queensland Government and the support of the Yugambeh community, which allowed for CGA to introduce the Unity design, created as part of the Gold Coast 2018 RAP imagery, into the branding for the 2022 Team, including, most powerfully, within the designs of the Team uniforms.

The Unity symbol featured in the Bold | Brave | Brilliant Birmingham Team campaign and the return of Gold Coast 2018 Games mascot, Borobi, as our Birmingham 2022 Team mascot.

Phillips also said that whilst outside the reporting year, CGA was pleased to see the Queen’s Baton Relay return to Australia ahead of Birmingham 2022. The Relay visited the past Commonwealth Games host communities of Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, and future host community of Ballarat before continuing on its journey around the Commonwealth.

The Annual General Meeting marked 62 days to go to the Birmingham 2022 Games and Chef de Mission Petria Thomas OAM confirmed the Australian team would number close to 430 athletes, with final numbers to be determined by qualification for some sports in the next month. This will be the largest ever Australian Commonwealth Games Team for an away Games.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from the 28th July – 8th August 2022.

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